At the beginning of the year, Fusion candidates are placed on small teams, called cohorts, with an advocate. These cohorts train together during the Fall and then travel together in the spring to their overseas assignment. The cohorts are the main vehicle through which regular Bible Study, Accountability, and Spiritual Growth happens.
Fusion cohorts partner with local churches for the purpose of discipleship and outreach. As candidates learn to be biblical adults, they also become healthy church-members.
Candidates are taught church planting principles through academic coursework and practical experiences. They learn to share their faith among unreached peoples and gather new believers into groups for the purpose of establishing reproducing churches.
Candidates learn to competently communicate and faithfully follow the Word of God.
Fusion cohorts are led by young adults, called advocates, who disciple the students throughout the year and guide them as they grow in their spiritual maturity and responsibility. Advocates mentor students and hold them accountable in many different areas of their lives.
Training and Preparation
In order to prepare for the challenges of living in physically demanding places, Fusion candidates participate in daily and weekly exercise routines and challenges. This will include sprints and circuit training as well as special events which will require students to traverse difficult terrain for upwards of 15 miles.
First Aid and Survival
First Aid is helpful life skill for any adult; however, it is particularly important for those who are serving in places where medical facilities may not be readily available. Fusion students are taught the necessary skills to administer basic 1st aid and to survive in harsh conditions.
All Fusion teams are prepared for the realities of international travel through transportation training throughout the United States. Students learn to effectively utilize all forms of public transport.
Fusion cohorts are trained to avoid known dangers and to minimize security threats in order to maximize a thriving witness in hostile regions.
Students gain an understanding of a variety of worldviews and religions in order to effectively share the gospel in many different contexts.
Students participate in 3 hours of classroom foreign language instruction each week in the language they will be using in the spring.
Personal Discipleship and Evangelism
Students are trained to be disciples and make disciples be engaging people with the gospel.
Students are immersed in a cross-cultural assignment, which teaches them to articulate the gospel in contextually appropriate ways as the anchor their own faith in the word of God.
Students gain an understanding of the biblical basis of missions and participate in the study of missiological principles from a historical and practical perspective.
Fusion teams serve under the leadership and direction of long-term IMB missionaries. This ensures that the work of the Fusion students is strategic and sustainable. It allows for mentorship relationships to form between students and missionaries as candidates learn from seasoned practitioners in International Church Planting. The infrastructure of the IMB also provides students with support to handle logistical needs, cope with security threats, and respond to emergency situations in practical and effective ways.
Types of Fusion Projects
In the past few years, Fusion teams have served in a variety of ways all over the world.
Here are a few examples of possible Fusion projects:
- Church planting trainings in South Asia
- Humanitarian aid and community development in Eastern Europe
- Language study in North Africa
- Adventure tourism in the Middle East
- Backpacking to unreached people groups in South Asia
- Rock Climbing in Central Asia
- Relational evangelism and church planting in indigenous villages of South America
- Teaching English in the Middle East
Though the day-to-day task is unique for each team, all Fusion participants go with the ultimate purpose of making disciples among the nations.
Team Selection and Placement.
During the initial training weeks of Fusion (Ground School), candidates are placed in cohorts with an advocate and the teams learn about their overseas assignment (location, task, language, etc). Cohorts spend the fall semester training together in the spring. Great care is taken in placing students on teams and many factors are carefully considered including the personality, gifting, skills, and student preferences.
Releasing Biblical Adults
Fusion's goal is to release biblical adults who are grounded in their faith and committed to the great commission. Fusion students are transformed through the Fusion process and find their identity in being a fully-devoted follower of Christ.
Fusion teaches students to live in biblical community with fellow believers for the purpose of local and global disciple making.
Fusion students gain practical experience in ministry leadership in the Fusion community, in the local church, and on the international mission field.
The Fusion Creed
AS A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST:
I AM CALLED NOT TO COMFORT OR SUCCESS BUT TO OBEDIENCE. CONSEQUENTLY MY LIFE IS TO BE DEFINED NOT BY WHAT I DO BUT BY WHO I AM.
I WILL PROCLAIM HIS NAME WITHOUT FEAR; FOLLOW HIM WITHOUT REGRET; AND SERVE HIM WITHOUT COMPROMISE.
TO OBEY IS MY OBJECTIVE, TO SUFFER IS EXPECTED, HIS GLORY IS MY REWARD.
TO CHRIST ALONE BE ALL POWER, ALL HONOR AND ALL GLORY THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW. AMEN!